Curacao out of Gold Cup because of COVID positives, Guatemala in

Curacao out of Gold Cup because of COVID positives, Guatemala in

Curacao was dropped from the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday due to constructive COVID assessments and changed by Guatemala.

Ranked 76th, Curacao was to open Group A on Saturday in opposition to El Salvador in Frisco, Texas, then play Mexico on Wednesday in Dallas and Trinidad and Tobago on July 18 at Frisco.

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“Forward of the beginning of the Gold Cup group stage, all competing nationwide teams went via a number of rounds of testing and, sadly, the Curacao delegation returned a major variety of constructive outcomes throughout their workers and gamers within the final spherical of testing,” CONCACAF mentioned in a press release.

“Though a number of Curacao gamers returned a damaging check consequence, native state tips require a number of of them to isolate because of being shut contacts of those that examined constructive. In mild of those circumstances, CONCACAF and the Curacao Football Federation have mutually agreed that Curacao won’t take part within the Gold Cup.”

Guatemala, ranked 127th, misplaced its second spherical qualifier to Guadeloupe 10-9 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

CONCACAF mentioned Guatemala was the following highest-ranked team obtainable from qualifying, the place Guatemala defeated Guyana 4-Zero within the first spherical.

“CONCACAF and the Curacao Football Federation have made each effort to discover a resolution that will allow Curacao to compete, nonetheless the well being and security of the Curacao gamers and workers, and all contributors within the match, should be prioritized,” CONCACAF mentioned.

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